Career Opportunities

The need for substance abuse treatment professionals and services continues to grow. In fact, Substance Abuse Counseling is rated #38 on the Top-100 Careers by U.S. News & World Report and is considered a high demand profession by the Federal Government. A recent article by the Pew Charitable Trusts asserts a severe shortage of substance abuse specialist nationwide due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Recognizing this need, Central Piedmont Community College offers an associate's degree program in Human Services with a concentration in Substance Abuse, as well as four Certificate Programs. These programs are specifically designed to fulfill initial requirements for certification/licensure by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB).

Graduates who complete certification/licensure by the State Board qualify for positions as substance abuse counselors, DWI evaluators and educators, residential and half-way house counselors, criminal justice addiction professionals, prevention and education specialists, case managers, and community based program managers.

Substance abuse knowledge is vital in many other areas of Human Services including mental health, social work, criminal justice, domestic violence, homelessness, and HIV prevention and education.

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Human Services Technology - Substance Abuse Counseling (C4538-C3)

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